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Bilingual Foundation of the Arts

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Based on the children's book by Gary Soto, and adapted for the stage by Margarita Galban and Lina Montalvo, Too Many Tamales is filled with music, laughter and fun. The story is set on Christmas Eve: young Maria plays with her imaginary friends as her mother tends to last-minute dinner preparations. As Maria helps her mother make tamales, she discovers she has misplaced her mother's engagement ring. Believing the ring got into the masa, she convinces her cousins to eat the whole batch of tamales in an effort to find the ring. After consuming all of the family's Christmas Eve dinner, Maria learns a valuable lesson, and witnesses a Christmas miracle of love that reunites her family and brings to life her imaginary friends.

Spanish performances  

Friday, December 13 (8:00PM) SOLD OUT

Saturday. December 14 (12:00PM) 

Sunday, December 15 (3:00PM) SOLD  OUT

Saturday, December 21 (3:00PM) SOLD OUT

Sunday, December 22 (3:00PM) SOLD OUT

Sunday, December 22 (5:00 PM) SOLD OUT

English performances

Saturday, December 14 (3:00PM)

Sunday, December 15 (12:00PM)

Friday, December 20 (8:00PM)

Saturday, December 21 (12PM) SOLD OUT

Sunday, December 22 (12PM) SOLD OUT

Monday, December 23 (8:00PM)

Have questions about TOO MANY TAMALES? Contact Bilingual Foundation of the Arts


Teatro Carmen Zapata
421 North Ave 19
Los Angeles, CA 90031

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Bilingual Foundation of the Arts

The mission of the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts (BFA) is to serve communities by presenting classic Spanish language drama and contemporary plays on Hispanic themes to English- and Spanish-speaking audiences, thereby bringing awareness of the diversity of the Hispanic culture through theater.  Within this mission, BFA provides educational resources and training opportunities in the performing arts.


BFA’s vision is to positively affect the image and self-esteem of Hispanic people; to influence the inclusion of Hispanic cultural arts in public school curricula; to share the beauty of Hispanic drama with the entire community; and to create a pool of talented well-trained, experienced Hispanic theater artists.

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